The NL Wild Card tracker

The National League Wild Card race is clearing up down the stretch, with three teams fighting for two spots, plus a few more with a chance if things break their way.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals for a second straight night on Friday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. That pulled Los Angeles into a tie with the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

Both teams trail the Milwaukee Brewers, sitting in the top Wild Card position but looking for more.

NL Wild Card standings

Team W-L Pct GB Magic # Elimination # Remaining schedule
Team W-L Pct GB Magic # Elimination # Remaining schedule
Brewers 85-63 0.574 +4 10 PIT, CIN, @PIT, @STL, DET
Cardinals 81-67 0.547 15 15 LA, @ATL, SF, MIL, @CHC
Dodgers 81-67 0.547 15 15 @STL, COL, SD, @ARI, @SF
Diamondbacks 78-70 0.527 3 11 @HOU, CHC, COL, LA, @SD
Phillies 75-71 0.514 5 10 MIA, NYM, @ATL, @COL, ATL
Nationals 74-74 0.500 7 7 @ATL, @MIA, NYM, MIA, @COL
Pirates 72-74 0.493 8 7 @MIL, KC, MIL, @CHC, @CIN

through Sept. 14, 2018

The Brewers were in first place in the National League Central for 67 days this season, but have mostly trailed since the All-Star game. However, after falling a season-worst six games behind the Cubs on Aug. 28, Milwaukee surged to within 1½ games in the division race thanks to 12 wins in 15 games.

With the Cardinals and Dodgers playing twice more this weekend, one of those two teams will finish with at least 68 losses. In the case that one or both wins the rest of their games, Milwaukee would need 10 more wins to clinch a playoff berth.

The Dodgers are in a division battle of their own, trailing the Colorado Rockies by a game in the National League West.

Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies spent weeks in first place in their division this year, but a late fade has knocked both down into the Wild Card melee, with an uphill battle ahead for both.

If the Diamondbacks or Phillies don’t pick it up soon, we are basically left with five teams — counting the Cubs and Rockies — for four playoff spots. Stay tuned.

Saturday’s schedule

All times ET

Dodgers at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.

Nationals at Braves, 1:05 p.m.

Marlins at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.

Diamondbacks at Astros, 7:10 p.m.

Pirates at Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

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